Politics, Moderate



Help under-resourced parents fight for better schools

Esther J. Cepeda on

Viewed in this context, it's no wonder that some minorities have lower expectations for their kids' public education than your "average" respondent.

And it serves to underscore how crucial it is for low-resourced families to get help so they can prepare their children for the best possible start in academics.

Yes, of course, struggling schools need more resources to better serve low-income populations.

But, as much research has found, Latino and African-American children start lagging behind their white and Asian-American peers by 24 months of age -- so even preschool may be too late to intervene.

To ensure academic success for America's neediest students, communities with high-minority and low-income populations require investments in programs that will help brand-new parents understand that they are their child's first, best and most important teacher.


It's great to analyze how parents in these communities feel about their schools. But to actually impact their situations, our country needs to equip badly under-resourced parents with the skills to help educate their children -- and the training to advocate for better schools.


Esther Cepeda's email address is estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

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